HENRY, LIKE ALWAYS
By: Jenn Bailey
Illustrated by: Mika Song
Published: March 21, 2023
Publisher: Chronicle Kids
Book one in the new beginning chapter book series based on the popular picture book, A FRIEND FOR HENRY features Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum. Henry likes when things are the same. He likes routine and structure and doesn’t like when things are different, especially during his school day.
On Monday, Mrs. Tanaka announces that there would be a parade on Friday. Henry doesn’t understand how that will work because Friday’s schedule is already full. Of course, Mrs. Tanaka and Henry’s classmates don’t think it is a big deal to just move one of the Friday activities to Thursday, but Henry does.
As Henry and his classmates move through the week preparing for the big parade, Henry becomes less and less excited. He doesn’t like the posters they need to make or the instruments they need to play (they are too loud) and eventually escapes to the Quiet Time Closet. What he finds there may just bring him the relief he needs to survive the parade.
For kids that need to see themselves in stories and for classmates that need to understand their friends, check out this new book with more to come in the future.